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Michael Wayne ‘Big Mike’ Hewlett, 65, integral and supportive figure in numerous special needs activities

Michael Wayne 'Big Mike' Hewlett
Michael Wayne ‘Big Mike’ Hewlett

WILMINGTON — Michael Wayne “Big Mike” Hewlett, 65, born Aug. 15, 1953, in Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Mike, a man with a magnetic smile who never met a stranger, was blessed with many wonderful friends because he was such a good friend to others.

Mike was an integral and supportive figure in numerous special needs activities in the area: the HELP Center, HUGGS, the Ability Club and the Gathering.

A sports enthusiast, Mike loved watching Carolina Panthers football, Duke basketball and was an avid bowler with the North Carolina Special Olympics. Always on the move, Mike could be seen with a Coca-Cola in one hand and his phone ready in the other.

Mike was strong in his faith and especially loved the Praise Sunday School for developmentally challenged adults he attended at College Acres Baptist Church for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Judy Hewlett; and beloved cat, Tex. Surviving family members include his sister, Kim Hewlett Roberts, and her husband, Robby Roberts; brother, Rick Hewlett, and his wife, Cynthia Lambert Hewlett; niece, Madison Roberts; nephews, Daniel Roberts, David Hewlett, Peter Hewlett, Corey Hewlett and Nathan Hewlett; aunt, Bonnie Sibbett; and uncle, Barrie Hewlett, and his wife, Deborah Streetman Hewlett.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at Pine Valley United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Handicapped Enrichment Learning Program. Checks may be made payable to the H.E.L.P. Center and sent to 4406 Raspberry Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.

Share online condolences with the family Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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